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A selection of portraits with representations of characters from the stage or in writing. See also: 'Film-shots and stage sets' (Theme), 'Masks and disguises' (Dress), 'Fancy Dress' (Dress).

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Lionel Brough ('Men of the Day. No. 947.

Lionel Brough ('Men of the Day. No. 947. "'a fellow of infinite jest' - Jehu Junior"')

by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 30 March 1905
NPG D45268

Frederick Goulding, by William Strang, printed by  David Strang - NPG D34652

Frederick Goulding

by William Strang, printed by David Strang
drypoint, 1906
NPG D34652

Ellen Terry and Sir Henry Irving as Ophelia and Hamlet, published by William Axon Mansell & Co, after  Edward H. Bell - NPG D48658

Ellen Terry and Sir Henry Irving as Ophelia and Hamlet

published by William Axon Mansell & Co, after Edward H. Bell
aquatint photogravure, published 1908 (1879)
NPG D48658

(Thomas Stange Heiss) Oscar Asche, by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie - NPG D9601

(Thomas Stange Heiss) Oscar Asche

by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie
lithograph, published 29 November 1911
NPG D9601

Louisa Manners (née Tollemache), 7th Countess of Dysart as Juno, by Richard Smythe, published by  James Connell & Sons, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D36060

Louisa Manners (née Tollemache), 7th Countess of Dysart as Juno

by Richard Smythe, published by James Connell & Sons, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1 October 1912 (1794)
NPG D36060

Nelson Waite Keys and as Captain Hercules Chutney in 'The Passing Show of 1915', after Charles Buchel (Karl August Büchel), after  John Hassall - NPG D36862

Nelson Waite Keys and as Captain Hercules Chutney in 'The Passing Show of 1915'

after Charles Buchel (Karl August Büchel), after John Hassall
lithograph, after 1915
NPG D36862

Ella Shields, published by The Lawrence Wright Music Co, after  Unknown artist - NPG D42839

Ella Shields

published by The Lawrence Wright Music Co, after Unknown artist
halftone reproduction, 1915
NPG D42839

Comic sketch (Unknown sitter), by Fred Roe - NPG D43169

Comic sketch (Unknown sitter)

by Fred Roe
pen and ink, 1925-1930
NPG D43169